It was Saturday January 8, 2005 and I went to party and drink with friends. I had just graduated college 2 years earlier so I had fun with some old high school buddies and litteraly drank beer all night. I remember I went out to a restuarant with my g/f the very next day and didn't touch my food. I just blew it off since I did drink a ton. Then the Diahrea never went away. about 2 or 3 weeks later I saw the blood. Another 2 or 3 weeks later I was diagnosed with Severe pancolitis. I look back now and still think I underestimated this disease. I didn't have pain at all. At the beginning I only had 1 controlled BM of bloody D and that was it.
Never did I have digestive problems before. I could eat and eat and eat and drink whatever I wanted and stayed around 160-170 pounds. I must say life was good without any dietary restrictions. I lived off cheeseburgers and fried burritos and very spicy homemade mexican food. Ahh that was the life...
So here I am 4 years later, a scrawny 140 pounds, but I am off the "big guns" and my UC seems to be improving. I eat healthier now. Even healthier than when I thought I was eating healthy when I was a UC newbie, if that makes any sense. I am currently getting over a flare little by little. Seeing less and less blood each day and less tenderness. I can also test my gut more and not worry. Like yesterday I ate out at a mexican food place with my mom after church and later with my cousin at another mexican food joint. I must be getting better...lol.
I never thought I would have this disease this long, but I was sort of naive i guess. It's a wicked scary surprise, but we have to deal with it the best we can. Sorry for this non helpful post, but I am probably one of the few that can remember the day that UC struck me.
28/M/TX single parent of gorgeous 3yo girl (revised 12/12/08)
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently: Mildly Flaring
RX/day: none! Tapered off Prednisone 9/20/08. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey
OTC: enzymes everyday, turmeric, seldom use probiotics, vitamins & other natural treatments
Diet: SCD helps tremendously, but am not strictly on it.
Other: Prayer, food combos, good posture, chewing more, etc.